Thankfully we live in a society where we know it is not right to be prejudiced and bias of others based on race, religion, sexual preference and gender. In a world where kids are commiting suicide based on Bullying, gays/lesbians fearful to show their true sexual orientation and people of color still feeling the stings of racism….the lone prejudice that seems to be okay is making fun of people based on their weight.
On the Late Night Talk-Shows, in Magazines and in Movies, the “Fat Guy/Girl” are always the butt of jokes. And nothing is ever done to quash the pain that is must cause the person who is the target of such attacks.
On Monday Night, Governor Chris Christie, the “Gov” of my great State of New Jersey, was on The David Letterman Show. I stopped watching Letterman a long time ago when his humor was more “grumpy” and targeted toward specific people and groups that I felt were underserved. And as often as Governor Christie was the punchline in his weekly “fat jokes”, this man of great honor, decided to show up and be a guest on the show; much to Letterman’s surprise.
This is not going to be a political post and not one where I pledge where my Political Affiliation lie. But I thought it took courage and humor on his part to partake in a show where he has been blasted on numerous occasions about his weight.
He took it in stride; taking out a donut in the middle of the interview to show he understood the joke and was okay with it. But was he really? The man knows he is overweight and I’m sure it is a struggle for him to lose weight based on the type of job he has. Does he need to be reminded daily and be asked questions on a late-night talk show that he is overweight? Doesn’t Letterman have better questions and topics to ask?
Granted, he did steer the interview towards the recovery from Hurricane Sandy and whether he will run for President in 2016, but why was it okay to get into personal detail about this topic? Would it have been okay for Christie to ask him questions about his dalliances with his female workers and cheating on his wife? No, it wouldn’t have and those lines of questioning would have made me just as uncomfortable as the questions Governor Christie was asked about his weight.
And then last night on the NBC Evening News with Brian Williams this topic actually made the newscast. Really? Don’t people already know and understand that he is overweight? Do they have to broadcast it as part of their newscast?
I hope soon people will come to the realization that these words are hurtful and shouldn’t be tolerated. And realize this type of persecution is just as hurtful as making jokes and judging people based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender and all the other biases that are hurtful and shouldn’t be part of our thinking as a society and culture.